Our most recent Arts for Social Justice (ASJ) residency took place at a Salvation Army Thrift Store (Bloor & Lansdowne) this January. Emerging artist Jade Greaves ran the ‘Choosing Sustainable Sources’ project to encourage critical thinking and conscientious purchasing through a social justice lens. Jade created a textile installation to symbolize the many ways a piece of clothing can be repurposed/reimagined. She invited viewers to unfold the layers of her artwork and guided their involvement. Visitors were curious, had many questions and shared experiences with the artist. Jade shared that, “the overall experience was great and the community members gave [my] work such warm interest”. This residency is part of the ASJ project, which includes high school workshops and the development of resources combining the arts and social justice education for teachers and art educators.
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